Proposed law requires passing drug test to get food stamps

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Friday, March 8, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTHR) — A proposed law would require some Alabama residents to pass a drug test to receive food stamps.

Right now, there is no requirement that a person applying for or receiving benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) be tested for illegal substance abuse.

But under House Bill 3, an applicant for SNAP benefits would be tested for substance abuse under reasonable suspicion that the person uses drugs.

Anyone testing positive for a drug without a valid prescription a second time would be ineligible for SNAP benefits.

If a parent of a dependent child tests positive, the parent could designate a third party to receive the benefits for the child.

If a person refuses to take a drug test or delays any of the screenings, they would be ineligible for SNAP benefits.